C’mon, be honest. You’ve been there…
Air-guitaring in the mirror, singing in the shower, steering wheel drumming and driving…
It’s a universal passion. Everybody wants some, because everybody wants to be a rock star… so-to-speak.
But while not everyone is destined to be onstage, everyone has the potential to be a “rock star” in the real-world, on their own stage… personally and professionally.
By leaning into the transferable skills that force us to focus on great communication, persuasion, compassion, lifelong learning, responsibility, accountability, embracing change, seeking solutions, emotional intelligence, recovery principles, and what I call… social strategy. Tough stuff that’s waaaay easier to discuss than do. But that’s not an excuse not to strive to be better; to raise the bar; to be excellent and to elevate your game.
Shit rarely just falls into our laps. Van Halen slugged it out in backyards and on the L.A. bar scene for years before we were all floored by Eddie’s guitar gymnastics, and transfixed with Roth’s machismo-charisma. They busted their asses and went after what they wanted; all the while knowing they had to goods to back it up.
> You and I gotta go get what we want… the stuff that most everyone wants, but few actually acquire because they’re unwilling to DO what’s necessary to succeed. But pursuit isn’t enough; you’ve got to perform.
> You and I have to consistently produce the quality results that require the gatekeeps to keep the doors open. Then walk through the doors; deliver the goods, and reap the rewards. Sounds simple, but it’s anything but.
> So suck-it-the-fuck-up. Stop the whining, blaming, and complaining. Be a victor, not a victim. Everybody may want some, but few actually do the hard work; make the sacrifices, and commit. So transcend wanting and begin doing. Move from keeping company with everybody to running with few who really do…
“Everybody wants some! I want some too…” ~ Van Halen
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